By Sarah Fiorello

orange blossoms up close

Asclepias tuberosa

Indigenous people shared with enslaved Africans how to make remedies with the roots for treating respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and pleurisy due to expectorant effects. Tea made by simmering the roots in water has a purging action on the gastrointestinal tract.

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Capsicum annuum ‘Fish Pepper’

African Bird’s-eye pepper

Capsicum frutescens ‘African Bird’s Eye’


Citrullus lanatus